Melania Trump walks away as Donald Trump waves
The goodbye letters to White House staff were allegedly written by an aide. Around 80 White House staffers received a typed note from the outgoing First Lady, and were under the impression she wrote them herself. But two sources familiar with the letters claimed Mrs Trump outsourced the work to a lower-level East Wing staffer.
Mrs Trump is said to have asked the staffer to write the notes “in her voice”, and then signed her name on the letters.
According to one of the sources, it is customary for First Ladies to write cards or short letters to White House staff as they leave office.
The correspondence has become “cherished keepsakes” for the White House staff at times.
Express.co.uk has approached the White House for comment.
CNN reported sources close to the First Lady believe she is “checked out” and “just wants to go home”.
They added Mrs Trump is “not sad to be leaving” Washington and the White House.
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Twitter users lashed out at the outgoing First Lady for allegedly not writing her own thank you letters.
Users sarcastically commented the move was “classy”, others said it was “not surprising”.
One said: “Of course she did. She’s a Trump, after all.
“Because she doesn’t really appreciate the ‘little people’.”
Other users said the Trump family were “disingenuous” and called them a “fraud of a family”.
They referenced how Mrs Trump refused to attend President Joe Biden’s inauguration, where she would have met her successor Dr Jill Biden.
Mrs Trump also refused to give the next First Lady a tour of the White House, as is tradition.
One said: “Melania showed herself the tacky lazy empty mannequin she always was by having someone else write the thank you notes to staff & ungraciously not receiving Dr. Jill Biden.”
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The Biden’s were inaugurated as President and First Lady at the US Capitol, while the Trump’s had arrived in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
Mrs Trump also caused controversy when it was claimed she was carrying out a photo shoot of “rugs and other items” in the White House during the January 6 riots.
A source told CNN Mrs Trump was asked if she wanted to issue a statement against the pro-Trump mob, which she did not do at the time.
A White House source also said to the outlet: “She just isn’t in a place mentally or emotionally anymore where she wants to get involved.”
Judi James said Mrs Trump’s “clenched-teeth” demeanour showed she was hiding her feelings over her and her husbands exit from the White House.
She said: “Nobody should have been fooled by their rigid, performed smiles that appeared to need to be dragged from their boots today, Donald Trump looked and sounded like a broken man while his wife Melania wore the black suit and the demeanour of a principal mourner at a funeral.
“Melania in particular was performing her signature ‘Lightning smile’ that appears and disappears quickly, suggesting no genuine sense of positive emotions.
“As Trump seemed to battle to hold his head up at times her smiles were sandwiched between a dour-looking mouth clamp and some clenched-teeth expressions.”
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